DL News Staff
Sept. 15, 1963-Jan. 29, 2008 Mari Jo French, 44, of Blackduck, Minn., died on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at her home near Blackduck. Mari Jo was born to Marvin Joseph and Evelyn Marie (Brown) French on Sept. 15, 1963 in Park Rapids. She grew up at Pine Point and attended elementary school in Osage, then went to Park Rapids Area schools, graduating in l982. She attended the Northwest Technical School in Bemidj, graduating from there in l999.
March 2, 1944-Jan. 27, 2008 Waubun area native LeRoy E. Altenhofen, 63, of Grand Junction, Colo., died Sunday, January 27, 2008 at his home. LeRoy Edwin Altenhofen was born to Jake and Rose Altenhofen on March 2, 1944 in Sugarbush Township. He was one of 13 children. LeRoy graduated from Waubun High School in 1962, and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1963, serving proudly for 26 years and achieving the rank of CMSGT. Upon retiring from the service in 1989, he went to work for Toshiba America Medical for 14 years. LeRoy met his wife Glenda Young in Shafter, Calif.
Dec. 20, 1959-Jan. 26, 2008 Former Detroit Lakes resident Wendy A. Wallin, 48, of River Falls, Wis., passed away from cancer on Saturday, January 26, 2008. Wendy was born to Dick and Judy Wallin on Dec. 20, 1959 in Minneapolis. She graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1978, and was employed at the Hudson Wal-Mart for 19 years. Wendy loved playing cards, fishing, camping, dancing and spending time with her family and friends.
March 18, 1918-Jan. 16, 2008 Former Detroit Lakes area resident Iva Broberg, 89, of Fargo, died Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at Rosewood on Broadway, Fargo. Iva Helen Demmer was born to Fred and Matilda (Smith) Demmer on March 18, 1918, in Dent, Minn. She was the fourth of 10 children, and was raised near Star Lake. Iva attended country school in a schoolhouse just across the road from her home, and later, in 1939, she graduated from North Central Bible College in Minneapolis. Iva married Everill Broberg on Dec. 10, 1943, in Pelican Rapids.
June 25, 1919-Jan. 25, 2008 George C. Walter, 88, of Perham, died Friday, January 25, 2008, among family and friends in Prairie Knoll at the Perham Memorial Nursing Home. He fought a very quick fight with lung cancer from asbestos. George Conrad Walter was born to Emil and Augusta Marie (Neunaber) Walter on June 25, 1919, at their home in Corliss Township, Perham -- one half mile north of where he lived at the time of his death. He lived his entire life in Corliss Township, attending the Toad River Grammar School through the highest grade they had, which was eighth.
Sept. 1, 1927-Jan. 27, 2008 Gordon O. "Jug" Eckre, 80, of Frazee, died Sunday, January 27, 2008 in the Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Fargo. Gordon Ole Eckre was born the son of Ole and Therese (Goodger) Eckre on Sept. 1, 1927 in Abercrombie, N.D., where he was raised and attended country school. At the age of 13, Gordon moved with his family, along with his dog, Peanuts, to Vergas. He entered the United States Army and served during World War II. Following his honorable discharge, he married Delores Erickson on Oct. 30, 1948 in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Loon Lake, near Vergas.
Aug. 11, 1911-Jan. 27, 2008 William J. Aho, 96, of Osage, died Sunday, January 27, 2008 at the Frazee Care Center, Frazee. William Jacob Aho was born to Andrew and Anna (Sandback) Aho on Aug. 11, 1911 in Toad Lake Township. He grew up and attended school in the Osage area. On June 24, 1935 he married Elvie S. Niemi in Wolf Lake Township. They lived on the home farm in rural Osage until 1942, when they moved to San Diego, Calif., where William worked for Consolidated Aircraft Company.
Oct. 30, 1964-Jan. 25, 2008 Dianna M. Brasel, 43, of Perham, died Friday, January 25, 2008, at her home. Dianna Marie Randash was born the daughter of James Randash and Lois Edwards on Oct. 30, 1964, in Moorhead. She graduated from Frazee High School in 1983, and continued her education at Detroit Lakes Vo-Tech, Detroit Lakes, earning a degree in accounting. Dianna was previously employed with Lakeshirts in Detroit Lakes and most recently at SMT Health Systems in Detroit Lakes. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing pool, decorating and painting.
Feb. 5, 1916-Jan. 26, 2008 Mabel H. Suter, 91, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, January 26, 2008 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center, Detroit Lakes. Mabel was born to Carl and Bertha "Betsy" (Simonson) Hyland on Feb. 5, 1916 in McIntosh, Minn., where she grew up and received her education from the McIntosh school system. Mabel was baptized and then confirmed on July 29, 1930 at Our Saviour's Church in McIntosh. She married Clarence Suter on Sept. 20, 1939 in Westbury.
May 28, 1917-Jan. 24, 2008 Irene Jasken, 90, of Ogema, died Thursday, January 24, 2008 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Irene Florence Brunner was born to George and Anna (Wirtz) Brunner on May 28, 1917 near Callaway, where she attended grade school. She graduated from Detroit Lakes High School and Moorhead State Teachers' Col-lege. After teaching for five years in rural schools and in Bejou, Minn., she married George Jas-ken in October 1941. They farmed near Ogema, raising a family of five.